Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps

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Teal Sound
Drum and Bugle Corps
Teal Sound logo.png
LocationJacksonville, FL
DivisionWorld Class
UniformCream jackets with teal and gold trim and a diamond-shaped mirror in the center; cream gloves; brown trousers; black drillmasters; cream, gold, and teal shako with cream plume.

The Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps was an American Drum Corps International World Class (formerly Division I) drum and bugle corps. Founded in 1998 and based in Jacksonville, Florida, the corps was the only World Class corps in the state of Florida until going inactive in 2012.


The corps considers its origin to be the year 1983, when three Jacksonville area high school students attempted to found a community drum and bugle corps. Approximately 200 youth showed up to a city park, and a couple of rehearsals took place. However, the three students realized they did not have the money or experience to run the corps.[1]

In 1998, two of the original students, Michael Butler and Danny Clark, attempted to start a corps in Jacksonville. This time, they were successful in securing financial support and sponsorships. They used donated uniforms and bugles and were allowed to perform during halftime for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 1999 season.[1]

Although they did not expect to tour in 1999, the response to the new organization led the administration to have the corps take a two-week tour eventually into Madison, Wisconsin, and the corps finished the season 9th out of 12 corps in Division II.

In the 2000 season, the corps shrunk itself and began competing in Division III, in order to ensure its longevity. The corps eventually climbed the Division III ranks, winning the Division III percussion world championship and finishing in 3rd place in 2004. In 2005, the corps moved up to Division II again and finished 4th in Division II/III finals. The corps won the Spirit of Disney award in 2007 while taking home 3rd place, and also placed 5th in the new Open Class in 2008.

In 2009, the corps switched its uniforms from the old black and teal to a cream uniform with teal and gold. The corps finished 4th in Open Class that year.

Before the 2010 season, Teal Sound was granted World Class membership, and as such became the first drum corps from Florida in Drum Corps International's top division since the Florida Wave, Magic of Orlando, and Suncoast Sound. That year, the corps finished 20th out of the 23 World Class corps, and in 2011 the corps finished 19th in World Class.

Their 2012 show was entitled: "CircO: A Circus For A Modern World", and featured compositions by Robert W. Smith, among other composers. Unfortunately, their 2012 season ended early, ending on July 9 after a show in Centerville, Ohio. The corps experienced many financial woes in the beginning of the season, most notably a fallout with their bus company. On July 9, Teal Sound posted on their Facebook Page that the corps would end their season early and start back to Florida the following day.[2]

The organization did not field a corps in the 2013 season. The corps no longer has an active Facebook page, or website. There has been no official announcement for if they would be fielding a corps in the future.

Show summary (1999-2012)[edit]

[3] Pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1999 The Boogie Bumper by Scotty Morris / Swing Street by Sammy Nestico / War In Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie & Frank Paparelli / Intro to Amen by Glad / Go Daddy-O! by Scotty Morris 76.7 9th (Div. II)
2000 Music of Carlos Santana Black Magic Woman by Peter Green / Oye Como Va by Tito Puente / Se a Cabo by Jose Areas / Primavera by Carl C. Porter, J.B. Eckl, & Chein Garcia Alonso / (Da Le) Yaleo by Carlos Santana, Shakara Mutela, & Christian Poloni 81.70 8th (Div. III)
2001 S&M: Symphony and Metallica The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone / For Whom the Bell Tolls by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, & Cliff Burton / One by James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich / Enter Sandman by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, & Cliff Burton 79.35 7th (Div. III)
2002 Music of the Dave Matthews Band Tripping Billies; #41; Satellite; Space Between; & Drive In, Drive Out all by Dave Matthews 73.50 13th (Div. III)
2003 ab aeterno Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky / Liturgical Dances by David Holsinger 80.00 5th (Div. III)
2004 Delusions: The Music of Dream Theater Metropolis Part I: The Sleeper and the Miracle / Goodnight Kiss V / Dance of Eternity / Overture I 83.200
3rd (Div. III)
12th (Div. II/III)
2005 Firestorm Fire Starter, Ring of Fire, Rekindling of the Fire, & The Firestorm (All from Firestorm) by Key Poulan 91.650
5th (Div. II)
4th (Div. II/III)
2006 Pieces of A Dream The Spark, The Right Pieces, Adversity, & Realization of A Dream All by Nicholas Golding 80.700 9th (Div. II)
2007 Voices of the Sun: The Music of Rajaton Sunrise: Sydan Ei Vastaa by Jarkko Kuoppamaki / Morning Rush: You Can't Stop Me Now by Mia Makaroff / Midday Heat: Weary in Well-Doing by Anna-Mari Kahara / Eventide: Poison Tree by Laura Sippola / Sunset: Butterfly by Mia Makaroff 92.050 3rd (Div. II)
2008 Voices of the Seasons Music by Rajaton 92.775 5th (Open Class)
2009 The Velvet Rope Music of Janet Jackson by Janet Jackson / Music of Coldplay by Coldplay / Music of Blue Man Group by Blue Man Group / Music of Justin Timberlake by Justin Timberlake / Music of Christina Aguilera by Christina Aguilera 91.250 4th (Open Class)
2010 In the Presence of Enemies Octavarium & In the Presence of Enemies Part 1 by Dream Theater / Ra & Feeding The Wheel by Jordan Rudess / Goodnight Kiss by Dream Theater / The Running Free by David Katz, Sam Hollander, & Claudio Sanchez 77.800 20th
2011 Sinvitation 7 Judith & Weak and Powerless by Billy Howerdel & Maynard James Keenan / Money for Nothing by Mark Knopfler / Money by Pink Floyd / Music from Scrooged by Danny Elfman / Sin of Pride, Gluttony, & Sloth by Chuck Naffier / 160 BPM from Angels and Demons by Hans Zimmer 75.750 20th
2012 CircO: Circus for a Modern World Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) by Manuel de Falla / La Habanera (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet / Entry of the Gladiators (aka Thunder and Blazes) by Julius Fucik

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Teal Sound History". Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. ^ "Teal Sound Board of Directors Curtails 2012 Tour". Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ http://www.dcxmuseum.org/index.cfm?view=corpslist&CorpsID=487

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